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About Katie: Katie has been a product and textile designer, an art restoration specialist, and an interior designer/merchandiser. Her interests are focused on finding well designed items that improve daily life as well as reading fiction and making stuff. (View Profile)


Puzzle in a Puzzle

Puzzles! Put one out on your coffee table and you’ll be able to sneak in contemplation time, because who can resist putting together a few puzzle pieces? Featuring imagery by photographer KangHee Kim, these puzzles play with the eye, as each image shows a mirror within a scene, and the puzzle itself is divided along the mirror’s perimeter, creating two different puzzles in one. Complete them together or apart. Kinda fun, right?

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Areaware

Split Mirrors

Feeling a little disjointed? Don’t worry, it’s just the mirror. Sections of mirrored glass are cut and pushed off-center to give a playful twist to an otherwise ordinary reflection. Take a look at the designer’s website and you’ll be able to see a theme, I think. It’d be interesting to try and make your own, wouldn’t it? Bonus points to you if you make an attempt (you’ll get an A for effort).

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Price: $3,655.00
Available from: A+R Store

Sophie Conran Garden Tools

How about we get a head start on spring gardening? Being in the market for garden tools myself, I’ve noticed quite a bit of ‘stylish’ garden tools with bright colors and patterns. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but if we’re cut from the same sort of cloth, you might just appreciate the no nonsense approach of stainless steel, solid brass ferrules, and natural beech wood handles of these garden tools. Plus, the Hand Rake is notable in that the springy tines are designed to avoid damaging new shoots while gathering leaves.

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Price: $35.00
Available from: MoMA Store

On The Edge Lamp

Hmm, this little lamp features a matte finish and multiple convex facets. So what, you say? Well, it’ll look and feel nice, and you’ll be able to position it in multiple ways to get the light right where you want it. Think of it as a subtle spotlight, perfect for ambient lighting in a living area or bedroom.

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Price: $299.00
Available from: Gessato

Hasami Porcelain Teapot

Not only does this Hasami Porcelain Teapot have a classically modern shape, it shares the same diameter as other pieces in the Hasami Porcelain collection, which allows for easy transport and stacking. That’s not only beneficial for your cabinet space, but it also makes for an efficient and aesthetically pleasing tablescape. Crafted from a custom blend of clay and porcelain, the surface is softer to the touch than traditional porcelain.

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Price: $75.00
Available from: Tortoise General Store

Jewelry Box by Menu

Just a little something to keep those smaller odds and ends organized… jewelry, tiny office items, and the like. The built-in mirror will help keep you looking presentable, whether it’s to check which earrings are best or if your nose hair needs trimming. The mirror is hidden when the lid is closed, so no one will suspect you of narcissism.

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Price: $99.00
Available from: Leibal

Blackened Steel Bar Cart

Do you need a new bar cart? One that holds a little more liquor perhaps? You could do a hell of a lot worse than this Blackened Steel Bar Cart by Brad Sherman. It’s oversized and suitably sophisticated; there’s nothing overly ornate or precious about it, so it’ll withstand a fair bit of use and still look good. Hitting just under 30″ in height, it can float behind the sofa or stand against a wall.

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Price: $1,800.00
Available from: Food 52

La Savoie Book Box

Don’t have a safe? You could hide your valuables safely away from prying eyes and sticky fingers in a “mysterious” hollow book. I’ve tried making one of these before; it took a long time to cut out the inner area of pages and it took a lot of glue to make the pages stick together properly. Save yourself the trouble and get one of these for $10.

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Price: $10.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Friday Links

Look Inside Artist Alex Katz’s Eccentric Industrial Loft

– Uh-oh. The almond milk craze could be bad news for bees

Ephemeral Rugs Formed From Oklahoma’s Red Earth by Rena Detrixhe

Talk to Your Kids About Inappropriate Pics on Facebook

Augmented Reality Is About To Change Art Forever. Maybe.

A Designer’s Dream Apartment — for Someone Else

Enjoy your weekend!

Block Shop Dhurrie Rugs

As promised, here are the Block Shop Rugs. Made of 100% Indian cotton, dyed and woven by hand, each rug features a simple, graphic design that’s sure to liven up any lonely room. Dhurries, if you’re not familiar, are flat woven rugs designed for heavy use. While they don’t have a thicker pile like other rugs, they are lightweight, durable, and reversible. Now, to choose a favorite… it’d have to be the Walter or the Temple, I think.

Purchase Information:

Price: $120.00 - 2,000.00
Available from: Block Shop

Baggu All Weather Bag

Originally designed for surfers, this all-weather gear bag has welded seams and a water resistant zipper to keep water completely in (or completely out, if that’s your goal). Surfers, just stand inside the bag to remove your wetsuit, then zip it up for your trip home. Sand and seawater will be safely contained within. Everyone else, know that whatever you put in the bag will stay dry no matter what (within reason).

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Price: $140.00
Available from: BAGGU

Compact Weather Station

Yes, you could rely on your smartphone for the weather forecast, but wouldn’t it be more fun to read an an aneroid-capsule barometer, bimetallic dial thermometer, and mechanical coil hygrometer, all from your desktop or kitchen counter? Those three tools are all in this Compact Weather Station, which measures in at 5″ diameter and 1.5″ depth. You’ll be able to read just what to expect from the climate, indoors and out, and look like an old school smartypants (in the best possible way) whilst doing so.

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Price: $148.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Canot Cutting Boards

A lovely cutting board, is it not? And it’s got an accompanying Canot Kitchen Brush especially suited to “scrape, scrub, clean and cut” those fruits and vegetables that are oh-so-good for that body of yours. Maybe with both the cutting board and brush you’ll be more inclined to fit those fruits and veggies into your daily meal planning. It’s worth a shot.

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Price: $66.00 - 75.00
Available from: Merchant No. 4

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

We can all agree that $400 is a lot of money to spend on a hair dryer. Not everyone is going to plonk down four big ones just for shinier, smoother hair that dries in half the time. Actually, if you have short hair, there’s really no reason to read any further. However, if you’ve got longer hair, well, here’s a personal review.

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Price: $399.00
Available from: Sephora

Table Mortar by Mark Braun

Would you like an extra special table mortar to grind your spices? This one by Mark Braun is
inspired by archetypical millstones. The circular design shows off the marble (five different color options, fyi) while the satisfying heft of the material will crush those herbs and spices to the perfect consistency at the dinner table. No need to hide it away, as it looks perfectly fine sitting out on the table or countertop.

Purchase Information:

Price: $119.00
Available from: Hem